NASA Daily News Summary For Release: Feb.

23, 1999 Media Advisory m99-037 TODAY'S SUMMARY: WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER TO SURVEY STARBURST GALAXIES NASA-TV SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW -- LA NINA INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 23, 1999 ********** WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER TO SURVEY STARBURST GALAXIES One of NASA's smallest spacecraft, scheduled for launch March 1, will tackle a very big cosmic question: What is the history of star-formation in the Universe? NASA's first new spacecraft in the Origins Program, the Wide-Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE), is scheduled for launch at 10 p.m. EST on March 1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The four-month mission will help understand how and when galaxies formed, and the subsequent history of star-formation in the Universe. Answers to these questions will shed a strong light on the very nature of the Universe. Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Jenner 301/286-0045. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Jane Platt 818/354-5011. For full text, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/pressrel/1999/99-025.txt

********** If NASA issues any news releases later today, we will e-mail summaries and Internet URLs to this list. Index of 1998 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1998/index.html Index of 1999 NASA News Releases: http://www.nasa.gov/releases/1999/index.html ********** NASA-TV SATELLITE INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY TOMORROW Topic: Moderate La Nina Conditions May Persist Through Spring New images from satellites and ocean buoys show that the colder than normal ocean temperatures associated with La Nina now extend some 7500 miles along the equatorial Pacific. Although weakening from its peak in January, scientists expect the La Nina pattern to continue to influence the worldwide climate system through spring. NASA Research Oceanographer Antonio Busalacchi is available for live television interviews Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00 11:00 a.m. EDT to talk about the latest images and the possible effects of La Nina on spring weather in the United States. The interviews come to you from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Ask Tony about the latest images and questions such as these: - What is La Nina and how does it differ from El Nino? - What is La Nina up to now? - How can La Nina effect our weather this spring? - Does La Nina have an influence on Atlantic hurricanes? - What has surprised scientists the most about El Nino and La Nina? TO REQUEST AN INTERVIEW: Deanna Corridon (301-286-0041, 888-474-0915 pager) Wade Sisler (301-286-6256, 888-474-0914 pager)

TV-Control room number, 301-286-6146 B-Roll will be uplinked Feb. 24 at 5:45 a.m. (EST). The complete set of images will be uplinked during the NASATV Video File, beginning at 12 noon (EST). ********** INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION VISIBLE FROM SELECTED CITIES THIS WEEK A new star is rising. The International Space Station (ISS) assembly -- currently consisting of the energy and control block "Zarya" and the U.S. connecting module "Unity" -- is visible to the naked eye as a (not-so-faint-anymore) star. As ISS assembly continues over the next four-five years, the faint dot will grow to a brilliant star in the morning and evening skies, second only in brightness to the planet Venus, the brightest object (besides the moon) at dawn and dusk. A viewing schedule for 3000 cities is available from: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/station/viewing/issvis.html ********** VIDEO FILE FOR FEB. 23, 1999 ITEM 1. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES ITEM 2. Heart Assist Pump (replay) ITEM 3. Mars Global Surveyor (replay) ^^^^^ ITEM 1. WIDE-FIELD INFRARED EXPLORER (WIRE) TO STUDY STARBURST GALAXIES Animation, B-roll, interviews NASA's first spacecraft in the Origins Program, the WideField Infrared Explorer (WIRE) will be launched Mar 1, 1999, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The scientific goal of WIRE is to understand the history of star formation in the Universe. WIRE's four-month mission will help to achieve one of NASA's Origins Program goals of understanding how and when galaxies formed and the subsequent history of star formation in the Universe.

Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Donald Savage 202/358-1547. Contact at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD: Lynn Jenner 301/286-0045. ITEM 2. Heart Assist Pump (replay) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Michael Braukus 202/358-1979. Contact at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX: John Ira Petty 281/483-5111. ITEM 3. Mars Global Surveyor (replays) Contact at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: Doug Isbell 202/358-1753. Contact at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA: Mary Hardin 818/354-5011. ^^^^^ NASA normally airs the Video File at noon, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 p.m. and midnight Eastern Time. NASA Television is available on GE-2, transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency is on 3880.0 megahertz, with audio on 6.8 megahertz. Ray Castillo NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC: 202/358-4555. For the most recent NASA Video File Advisory, see: ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/tv-advisory/nasa-tv.txt For general information on NASA Television, see: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv ********** CONTRACT AWARDS NASA posts contract awards to: http://procurement.nasa.gov/EPS/award.html

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